May 23, 2014

Detroit Free Press: Why Michiganders Pay Among the Highest Gas Tax to Drive on Crummy Roads

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By Paul Egan, May 23, 2014

High fuel taxes and low spending on roads.

It’s a nasty combination, but Michigan motorists can rightfully complain they pay some of the highest fuel taxes to drive on some of the lousiest roads.

According to national data, Michigan has the sixth-highest state taxes on gasoline but one of the lowest rates of investment on roads in the nation.

Carl Davis, a senior analyst at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy in Washington, D.C., said Michigan is one of only four states, with Indiana, Illinois and Hawaii, that fully apply their general sales tax to fuel sales.